As the owner of an independent creative business, you are responsible for absolutely everything creatively and managerially. The whole thing’s sitting on your shoulders, and
The difference between discounting your services for Client A and charging Client B full price is one of positioning and communication. Both of these are value propositions.
Has something like this ever happened to you? You have a solid contract with your client that includes payment terms and penalties for late payment.
When I first learned about the power of change orders it changed everything in my workflow. When I implemented the practice, I actually began looking
One thing I struggled with in the past as an independent creative is money. I have a lot of experience with the all too common
Did you know that your creative business thrives because of how you do business and not because of the quality of your work or your
If you’re an independent creative professional, you probably already have a website showcasing your amazing portfolio. Portfolios are a necessary component of any freelancer’s website,
I’m a sole proprietor working with businesses and organizations, and so, like you, I had some concern about how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your pricing? Do you want to charge more per hour or per project, but for
Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be a place for people to connect and engage. His post on January 11, 2018 decried the plethora of public
Every business needs regularly-scheduled tune-ups. Just like with automobile maintenance, tune-ups keep things running smoothly. They’re most effective in maintaining performance when they’re done regularly.
From the Freelance Road Trip mailbag: A Freelance Road Trip (FRT) member shared an experience with a non-paying client. The member gave me permission to
I’ll get to it when I’m ready. I’m sure you’ve had the experience of planning to get something done and then putting it off until
Creative freelancers invest time and effort carefully crafting brands for their clients. In regard to their own brands, they often come up short. Creatives should
So you have a brand-new shiny client that you’re excited to be working with. You’re looking forward to helping them achieve their goals. They’ve accepted
Building a business requires connection with people: prospective clients, colleagues, mentors, customers, and sometimes even family members. When we connect, we share information, ideas and
Because pretty much everything runs on design and other forms of visual communication, the role of the visual communicator (designer, illustrator, photographer) is more in
If you want to be successful, you need to be influential. Influence can be positive or negative, and everyone has influence. The key for success
A long time ago in a faraway place called Pasadena, CA, I sat in a classroom and heard my instructor say, “You can’t sit around
Q: As a freelancer, is it worth having business listings like Yelp and YP? A: It depends upon what directories you choose and why you choose
A photographer is still in school full time but is already establishing connections for professional work. She is purchasing cameras, lenses and equipment she will use
Is there a difference between pro bono and spec work? If so, what’s the difference? First, let’s compare them. With both, you work for free,
From time to time I’ll fire off an email to a client during the late evening or early morning hours. Occasionally, an immediate response comes back